Professor Mushtaque Ishaque

Professor Mushtaque Ishaque

Professor of Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery

BSc(Hons) MB BChir(Cantab) DM FRCS FRCS(Ed) FRCS(Orth)

Ethos and Expertise

Professor Ishaque prides himself on making sure you are treated in a way in which he and his family would want to be treated. 

He believes that knowledge is power and will try to help you understand your condition so you are part of the decision making process to ensure your treatment occurs in the manner in which you want it to.

Professor Ishaque feels that surgery should always be the last resort and will try all non-surgical options first. He is an expert in the use of needles around the spine including nerve root blocks, facet joint injections and radiofrequency ablation. He has recently pioneered the use of a laser, passed down a spinal needle, reducing the pressure on spinal nerves thereby reducing leg pain.

Professor Ishaque has over 300 testimonials over the last 10 years, which can be viewed on this website.


Professional Profile

Professor Ishaque qualified in medicine from The University of Cambridge in 1991 as well as having a First Class Degree in Clinical Pharmacology from The University of London. 

He was a Medical Research Council (MRC) Research Fellow and a Smith and Nephew Foundation Scholar. 

He has also won Travelling Fellowships from the British Orthopaedic Association Foundation and The Worshipful Company of Barbers.

Professor Ishaque holds Fellowships from the Royal College of Surgeons of England and the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh as well as passing the Specialist Intercollegiate Fellowship examination in Orthopaedics.

Professor Ishaque is particularly interested in the genetics of disc degeneration having a Higher Doctorate in Medicine (DM) in this subject and was awarded the prestigious British Orthopaedic Association’s Sir Robert Jones Gold Medal as well as a Hunterian Professorship from the Royal College of Surgeons of England in recognition of his research.

He completed his specialist spinal training on the two year Combined Neurosurgical and Orthopaedic Spinal Program in Vancouver, Canada returning to the UK in 2008 to take up his substantive consultant post at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital in Birmingham.

Professor Ishaque is actively involved in education and lectures at The University of Birmingham and Birmingham City University as well as examining final year medical students at Birmingham Medical School. 

He regularly tutors prospective candidates for their FRCS(Orth) final examination and has successfully helped over 100 senior orthopaedic trainees pass this gruelling test enabling them to apply for substantive consultant positions around the country.

In 2020 Professor Ishaque was invited to become a member of the Faculty of Trauma and Orthopaedics at the prestigious Postgraduate Medical Institute and The Ameer-ud-Din Medical College with the award of an Honorary Visiting Chair in Orthopaedics and Spinal Surgery. 


Personal Profile

On a personal note, Professor Ishaque was born and brought up in London.

In 2013 having dedicated over 20 years to the NHS, Professor Ishaque made the decision to concentrate his efforts exclusively in the private sector. 

He is married to a GP, has three children, two large Bernese Mountain dogs named Stan and Jim and enjoys nearly all sports, joints permitting.